Disaster Resilience, Relief and Recovery News
As we look ahead in 2021, the new administration at the White House is staffing up to address four key priorities: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change. While we continue to bring together funders and other sectors to address the continuing effects of compounding crises – COVID-19, wildfires, and racial inequities, we invite you to explore ways to invest your relational, financial, and political capital to tackle the root causes of disasters in the coming years and empower communities of color so they are not bearing more than their share of the burden.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn this moment of focused attention, collective commitment to social justice, and unprecedented wealth into big, lasting change for communities hardest hit by the triple crises of racism, COVID-19, and the state’s wildfires. Working hand in glove with the governor’s office, philanthropy’s nimble capital can go where it’s needed most: to prevent nature’s hazards from becoming human disasters. Generations of disinvestment in communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities, has left them in the deadly crosshairs of natural hazards. Funders have relational, political, and financial capital, ready to deploy.
How can philanthropy best strengthen organizational resilience? To find out, Alan Kwok spoke with Ana-Marie Jones, who has spent her career transforming organizations with her leadership on readiness, preparedness, and disaster response. Ana-Marie is supporting Philanthropy California's work in creating a California that is ready to respond to disaster while advancing equity and justice in the most vulnerable communities. Read the Q&A below to learn more about our work internally with our state-wide membership.
Recommendations for philanthropic responsiveness to the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus on under-resourced and vulnerable communities.
The Kincade Fire broke out on the night of Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in rural Sonoma County. Since then, the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate in the county.
Hurrican Dorian devastated the Bahamas and is currently threatening the southeastern United States. Check out strategic giving resources, learn how to help, and get information on how Philanthropy California can support your giving.
There’s nothing natural about the suffering that follows disasters because it doesn’t have to be that way. Philanthropy can proactively invest in hazard mitigation and preparedness efforts to lessen the impacts of disasters.
Not so long ago, I used the term "natural disaster" in a manuscript for a publication. My PhD supervisor shot back, “There's nothing natural about disasters.” Decades of hazard research and our frontline communities are concluding the same thing: the ever-growing frequency of natural hazards don’t need to become disasters.
On July 4th and July 5th, two major earthquakes struck in Kern County near Ridgecrest, California, approximately 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
"I planted my first tree there," recalled Tim Bolin as he pointed to patch of burned debris where his first home once stood. Tim is a pastor at the Paradise Alliance Church in the city that has been his home for 40 years.